Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Anxiety

I have an understanding of the consequences of my habits. Thus, being a smoker does not excuse me with the possible health damages that will happen out of my control. Since I am a hardened smoker, I know that my unhealthy habits will come back and haunt me one day. And that day was so recent that I discovered a tumor growing in my teeth cavities. But the struggle is not the dental problem itself but the dental anxiety that comes along with it.

I am at my worst as I experience too much anxiousness right now. I know that my last resort was to go and see a dental expert and get the tumor removed from my mouth. The problem is, I am too scared to undergo such treatment. I am having this intense fear of dealing with pain. Thus, there is a mixed emotion. I do not know what to do. All I know is I have to deal with this dental problem, but I can’t seem to find the courage to fight my dental anxiety. With that, I somehow want to rely on these frequently asked questions and hope that maybe I can work on my mental health issues.

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How can I overcome dental anxiety? 

Overcome your dental anxiety through proper communication. Discuss your fears with your dentist and openly ask questions about your oral health as well as your options and treatment. Express yourself, and do not be afraid to ask your dentist about what’s happening because your dental doctor will work with you to address your fears and worries.

But in my case, I can’t seem to open up. I am just so embarrassed that I got this thing on myself. I am the one to blame for this situation, which adds to many more mental health problems.

 What can a dentist give you for anxiety? 

Usually, medications such as temazepam are used to relieve oral anxiety, or also known as anxiolytic. The dentists prescribed short-acting, small, single-dose to help anxious patients relax. The medication is usually taken an hour before the dental appointment.

In case I try it, I am not sure if I can entirely make it through the surgery process.

 How common is dental anxiety? 

Dental anxiety, also known as dental fear, is common among approximately 36% of the population. And it goes up to 12% further tally of people specifically suffering from extreme dental fear.

Unfortunately, I am one of that 12% of the population.

 Is Xanax good for dental anxiety? 

Though at some point, Xanax can help relieve levels of anxiety, it is best not to take it before a dental appointment. The primary reason for that is the possibility of interference with whatever the dentist needs to do. There is a chance that it can affect even numbing medication he has to use on hand.

 Can anxiety affect teeth? 

Bruxism, or the act of constantly grinding or clenching the teeth, is a known sign of anxiety. In some cases, individuals are not aware of their teeth grinding because it usually takes place in sleep time. It negatively impacts the teeth and causes overuse of jaw muscles. Thus grinding and clenching should be addressed immediately.

So far, I am not experiencing this one.

 How do I cope with anxiety? 

There are a lot of ways that can help you cope with anxiety. You can start by taking care of yourself, eating healthy foods, exercising, and getting enough sleep. You can also go outside, take a walk in the park, visit the beach, and enjoy nature. You can also spend time with family and friends and keep your social life active.

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 What is oral anxiety? 

Oral anxiety is when the mental health condition shows physical manifestation. Anxiety can impact oral health, including mouth pain, mouth sores, TMJ disorders, bruxism, and gum disease. Dentists can detect and address oral anxiety with medications. But note. Some anti-anxiety medications can cause acid reflux, which can also increase the risk of having tooth decay.

 Will a dentist put you to sleep if you ask? 

Yes. The dentist can put you to sleep if that is necessary for treatment. However, in today’s modern dentistry, a technique known as ‘conscious sedation’ is widely used. It serves as a replacement for general anesthesia. The administration of conscious sedation involves giving the patient a single drug intravenously, which causes a warning due to multiple effects.

 Can I take Xanax before going to the dentist? 

It would help if you considered that your dentist might prescribe some medications during the dental appointment. If you take a Xanax right before any dental procedure, there is a tendency that the drug could interfere with whatever your dentist needs to do.

 How do I know if my dentist is good? 

You know when your dentist is good when he has actively listened, respects patient’s time and resources, gets to understand your needs, promotes a comfortable setting, follow up with you, educates, and respects their patient’s time and resources.

But at this moment, I am not sure if I can find the right doctor that will cater to my needs due to the uncertainties of my mental illness.

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 Why shouldn’t you be afraid of the dentist? 

Fear or anxiety often makes patients avoid dentists. However, if you don’t go to the dentist for a regular checkup, you could be at higher risk of getting different kinds of diseases even just twice a year. Your oral hygiene can impact your heart, and that condition can end up being fatal. Thus, it is important to regularly clean your teeth and consult your dentist to lower your health risk level.

 Can I take Xanax before nitrous oxide? 

Though there are no interactions between Xanax and nitrous oxide, this does not essentially mean that no interactions can exist. To make sure, always consult your healthcare provider.

 What pill do they give you for sedation dentistry? 

Usually, the pill that the dentist gives you for sedation dentistry is Halcion. It is the same drug family as Valium. Usually, it gets taken about an hour before the procedure. And although you’ll still be awake, the pill will make you tired and sometimes unable to talk properly.

 What does Xanax do? 

Xanax is one of the drugs that most people recreationally take without a prescription. It gives patients a sedating or calming feeling. Xanax produces a “high” or euphoric feeling that makes people more quiet, relaxed, and a little bit tired.

 Are teeth grinding a sign of anxiety?

Yes. Teeth grinding or also known as bruxism, is often related to anxiety and stress. Though oral anxiety does not always cause symptoms, some people get headaches and facial pain depending on the severity of teeth grinding. Most people who clench their jaw grind and their teeth are not aware they’re doing it, which often leads to worn-down teeth over time.